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After a bunch of just okay books over the past few months, I decided to read a classic, a book that a friend recommended to me, and, of course, the book for our online book club, Beyond Words. I had a great month of reading!
“Gradually, without my noticing, my grief has changed shape; from a raw, jagged pain that won’t be silenced to a dull, rounded ache I’m able to lock away at the back of my mind.” – Clare Mackintosh, I Let You Go
The biggest things about this book, the things I really want to talk about, are spoilers! So I will do my best to talk about the book without giving anything away.
I didn’t know too much about this book when I voted for it for our Beyond Words Book Club, but I voted for it anyway because I was in the mood for a mystery. And as a mystery, this book did not disappoint. It is well-written, with lots of twists and turns and plenty of things that will make you say, “what the heck just happened? Did I just read that right?” The first 100 pages or so kinda bored me, but something told me to stick with it and I’m glad I did. The fist 100 pages could have been reduced to 50, but I got through it.
I was waiting for some kind of plot twist, so when the big twist came, I was ready for it but still confused and surprised. I ended up staying up until 1 am to finish because I just couldn’t put it down. I usually go to bed by 9.
I feel like every thriller ever written from now on will be compared to Gone Girl, and I have to say, that if you are looking for a book that will satisfy that kind of book craving and surprise you the way Gone Girl did, this book is for you. It’s also disturbing and slightly terrifying. This might be a spoiler, but I don’t care: I feel like I should also say that this book could be very triggering for some who have been in an abusive relationship. There are violent descriptions and really messed up things that happen.
This might be a spoiler, but I don’t care: I feel like I should also say that this book could be very triggering for some who have been in an abusive relationship. There are violent descriptions and really messed up things that happen.
I felt like some of the twists weren’t totally necessary or weren’t totally believable. But I still enjoyed this book a lot and I would recommend it to anyone who likes thrillers. 4 stars.
If you are interested in joining the book club, click here! Basically, we all vote on a book and then we read it and talk about it on Goodreads. It’s super low key. In May, we are reading The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. We are voting on our June book this weekend, so join now to get your vote in!
“How quickly someone else’s life can enter through the cracks we don’t know are there until this foreign thing is inside of us. We are more porous than we know.” – Emily Ruskovich, Idaho
Idaho is one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read. I found myself re-reading entire chapters becuase I couldn't belive how beautiful it was.
Although the chapters jump across and between decades, we begin the book by learing that Jenny has murdered her daughter, May. Immediatly after, before he could get the police to arrive, her husband, Wade, hid his other daughter, June, in the woods so that Jenny would not be able to harm her. Years later, Jenny is in prison. The search is still on for June.
Now Jenny is in prison and Wade is married to Ann, who every day tries to piece together the pieces of his old life and figure out where she belongs in Wade’s world. As Wade’s Alzheimer’s disease begins to worsen, he becomes increasingly confused and sometimes even violent, but the sense of loss always stays with him. Throughout the novel, we get glimpses into the little girls growing up, into Jenny and Wade as newlyweds, into Jenny’s life in prison, and more characters you will meet along the way.
The language in this book is so beautiful that I urge you to pick it up just to savor Ruskovich’s words. But more than that, this book is a powerful testimony to the power of bonds between sisters, between females. It is about violence and loss and memory and love and forgiveness.
There are also many things in the book that are not fully explained or answered. In another novel, this might bother me, but I think that it is an important part of the story that Ruskovich tells. Some things are better left in a novel unspoken. Good authors leave important questions unanswered, forcing you to decide on for yourself. Is it better to remember or to forget? Can a woman who murdered her child ever find peace?
“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.” – J.D. Salinger, The Cather in the Rye
I was supposed to read this book in high school, but I never did. I never really read any of the books I was supposed to read in high school. It wasn’t until the past few years that I got back into reading, so I have to make up for lost time.
Holden Caulfield is a name I’ve known forever, but it wasn’t until this month that I got to know him. When he gets kicked out of yet another school, Holden doesn’t want to go home. So he leaves school early and goes to New York City. The book takes place during these days and it’s all about this adventure in New York City.
I was looking at Goodreads and, of course, many of my friends have read The Catcher in the Rye. It was interesting to see the divide – my friends either gave this book one star or four or five stars. I guess you either see Holden as an insufferable, repetitive, immature kid, or you find him to be perceptive and you can relate to him. I am in the latter camp. What about you?
What are you reading right now?